While direct grayscale writing is one of the key benefits of NanoFrazor lithography, the shape of the NanoFrazor tip limits the achievable patterning depth in the resist. However, when the application requires deeper structures than can be written, the pattern can be amplified during the pattern transfer step. A new joint paper by EPFL and SwissLitho investigates a combination of NanoFrazor patterning and pattern amplification by dry etching. Remarkably, the patterns can be amplified by a factor of up to 100 by using an oxide hard mask intermediate layer below the resist. An etch depth of up to 4 micrometers in…
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The annual Thermal Probe Workshop, co-organized by SwissLitho and IBM Zurich took place again in Zürich for the 4th year in a row. The workshop saw an increased participation this year with around 70 attendees from all over the world. Renowned experts in the field of thermal probes presented their exciting new research, resulting in some very interesting discussions and exchange of ideas. The full program of the workshop can be found here. Like every year, we had an interesting social event planned alongside the technical sessions. The workshop participants were treated to a memorable sunset cruise on lake Zürich while enjoying a Fondue…
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New PostDoc

February 1, 2017  


SwissLitho has recently sponsored the first SwissLitho Postdoctoral Fellowship for Advanced Nanofabrication Scanning Probe Methods. The research position is focused on the use of the NanoFrazor, located in the Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC) in Manhattan, New York City. The ASRC is a new $350M research institute of the City University of New York with a partnership with Columbia University. The goal of this project will be to use the NanoFrazor and the ASRC labs to develop new innovative nanostructures, nano-devices, and nanofabrication concepts, with potential transformative applications in nanoelectronics, nanophotonics, mechanics and biomedicine. With the affiliation of Prof. Elisa…
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Since early November, the CUNY Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC) in Manhattan is home of a NanoFrazor Explore. Principal investigator Elisa Riedo, one the very early and best known pioneers of thermal probe lithography, will use the NanoFrazor technology for a wide range of new patterning ideas and applications. Several other groups in New York, like the group of Ken Shepard from Columbia or the group of Lia Krusin from the City College supported the NSF MRI grant and started to use the NanoFrazor for their applications ranging from biotechnology to solid state physics.
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The first NanoFrazor system in Australia was successfully installed in the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication (MCN) where it will be used, among other things, to fabricate high-electron-mobility transistors (HEMTs) as emitters and detectors in terahertz devices. Read more about this story here.
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Last week, the first NanoFrazor system in Asia was successfully installed in China. Researchers from the Beihang University are already excited to use the NanoFrazor Explore for fundamental research of emerging spintronic memory and logic devices, particularly on new structures of magnetic tunnel junction (MTJ) and spin valves.
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For the third year in a row, the Thermal Probe Workshop organized by SwissLitho and IBM Research, took place in Zurich. Continuing the trend of last year's event, we had again a very exciting and diverse program with renowned international speakers. They presented their latest results with thermal probes and beyond facilitating discussions about new fascinating possibilities. In line with this, we also announced the winners of our Young Researcher Idea Competition who all traveled to Zurich to present their creative ideas to the astonished audience.   In addition to all the technical information, we learned how to create our own chocolate masterpieces at…
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SwissLitho started collaboration with TNO in Delft to evaluate if the NanoFrazor technology can be implemented in the wafer-level parallel AFM metrology system of TNO. This principle would increase the throughput of the NanoFrazor towards industrial applications. This principle would increase the throughput of the NanoFrazor towards industrial applications. You can get an impression of the system of TNO in this video.
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In promoting innovative ideas and discovering potential new applications using nanoscale heatable tips (Thermal Scanning Probes), SwissLitho AG, a Zurich based nanotechnology startup, announced the winners of its 1st ever Young Researcher Idea Contest. The goal of this competition was to come up with original ideas for the usage of a nanoscale heatable tip - the key component of the NanoFrazor - SwissLitho’s unique nanofabrication tool. The winners were chosen out of more than 100 participants from more than 15 countries with proposals from a wide range of nanotechnology fields such as nanophotonics, nanoelectronics, plasmonics, surface analysis and modification, nanomagnetism, biology and many more. “We were astonished…
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New website online

January 26, 2016  


We are proud to announce our new website! After two years of service, we replaced our old page with a modern, Wordpress-based site for a better user experience. Please feel free to learn more about our technology, products, markets, partners, customers and our team. Enjoy the new page!
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